Mr. Anderson earned his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California in 1975 and has been practicing law ever since.

Mr. Anderson began his legal career 40 years ago working for himself in an office space provided by his two mentors, retired Judge James W. Edson, and retired Judge James P. Zarifes.


Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate
Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 1993.

Awards & Recognitions:

? 2013 - Recognized by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization for being Certified as a Specialist in Estate
  Planning, Trust, and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization for over 20 years.

        Less than 0.5 percent (roughly 900) of the approximately 180,000 active lawyers in
        California are Certified as Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law by the
        State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
And, only a small number of
        Certified Specialists have held this distinction for over 20 years.

? 2007 - “Lawyer of the Year”- Awarded by the Long Beach Bar Association.

? Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV? Preeminent [10/10.0]

        o Peer Review Rated [5/5.0]
        o Client Review Rated [5/5.0]

Services / Memberships

? 1985 - Present: Long Beach Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Probate, & Trust Section: Section Chair
? Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Neutral, Los Angeles Superior Court: Former Member
? Probate Volunteer Panel (“PVP”), Los Angeles Superior Court: Member
? Family Law Mediation Panel, Long Beach Bar Association: Former Member
? National and Southern California Chapters of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“NAELA”): Member
? Long Beach Bar Association: Member
? Los Angeles County Bar Association: Member
? Orange County Bar Association: Member

Boards and Community Organizations

? The Long Beach Rescue Mission: Former Board Member and Former Chairman
? The Petroleum Club of Long Beach: Former Board Member and Former President
? The Kiwanis Club of Bixby Knolls-North Long Beach: Former Board Member and Former President
? Long Beach Unified School District, Lottery Committee: Former Member
? Child Evangelism Fellowship, Greater Long Beach: Former Board Member and Former Chairman; Current Trust Advisory   Board Member
? Brethren Christian Schools: Former Board Member and Former Chairman

Other Interest and Activities

? Martial Arts Training Alliance, Bixby Knolls: Master Instructor, 5th Degree Black Belt.

        Mr. Anderson has spent over 20 years studying and training in Kempo Karate.
        Mr. Anderson volunteers several nights each week teaching self-defense to
        children and adults. He enjoys working with children and adults from diverse
        backgrounds and seeks to instill discipline, respect, and self-control in his students.

John T. Anderson, Esq.

Mrs. Norman is one of Mr. Anderson’s daughters and has been working at The Law Office of John T. Anderson since she was sixteen. She attended Western State University College of Law in California where she earned both her B.S. in Law and her Juris Doctorate degrees. While at Western State, Mrs. Norman completed the Emphasis Program in Taxation, was a Special Projects Editor for the school's Law Review program, and was a member of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, International. Mrs. Norman has homeschooled all three of her children while working as an Attorney and, over the past several years, has taken time off to teach weekly classes through Classical Conversations, Inc., a leader in the home-centered education movement.


Lisa R. Norman, Esq.

Attorney Erin M. Anderson is Mr. Anderson’s third daughter and has been working at The Law Office of John T. Anderson for nearly 15 years and has been a lawyer for over 10 years. Mrs. Anderson received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Irvine. She subsequently earned her Juris Doctorate from Oakbrook College of Law and Government Policy. Attorney Erin M. Anderson drafts the majority of estate planning documents prepared by The Law Office of John T. Anderson and also handles special projects including complex California conservatorship and California guardianship matters. She also enjoys working with families and children when handling adoption cases.



Erin M. Anderson, Esq.

John Jr. is Mr. Anderson’s youngest child and an attorney.

John Jr. graduated magna cum laude from California State University Long Beach (“CSULB”) with a B.S. in Business/Finance. While at CSULB, he was on the President’s and Dean’s Honor Rolls and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society.

John Jr. then went on to attend Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California and graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctorate degree.

At Western State, John Jr. was a technical editor of the school’s Law Review, a member of the Dean’s Honors Circle, and a member of the school’s Honor Roll.

John Jr. also received “Witkin” Awards (the award given to the student with the highest grade in an individual course) in Trial Practice, Constitutional Law II, Professional Skills I, and Contracts Drafting.


John T. Anderson, Jr., Esq.

Daphne Carroll-Pollack

Daphne Carroll-Pollack joined The Law Office of John T. Anderson as Mr. Anderson’s Legal Assistant in 2012. Daphne has been a wonderful addition to our staff. Daphne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from California State University Long Beach in 1991. Daphne comes to our office with a background handling California trust administration, guardianship, conservatorship, and estate planning matters.

If you have recently lost a love one and are now involved with the administration of your loved-one’s trust, or if you are involved with the California conservatorship or guardianship process, you will likely be working with Daphne on a regular basis. Daphne has administered hundreds of trusts in California and has helped resolve numerous complex estate planning and elder law matters. Her years of experience are an indispensable resource to clients and our office.

Donna DeGelas

Going through probate? If so, Mrs. DeGelas is the person you want assisting you. Mrs. DeGelas has been a Probate Paralegal for over 35 years. She has worked at The Law Office of John T. Anderson for over 15 years. The probate process can be overwhelming, confusing, time consuming, and complex.

Mrs. DeGelas has the experience and knowledge necessary to thoroughly answer your questions and successfully probate an estate in as little time as possible.

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